Tommy Beals

Thomas Lamb Beals (August 1850 – October 2, 1915) was an American Major League Baseball player in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players and the National League. He played mostly in the outfield and at second base for the Washington Olympics, Washington Blue Legs, Boston Red Stockings, and Chicago White Stockings from 1871 to 1880.[1]

Beals made his debut for the Olympics playing under the name W. Thomas on July 27, 1871.[2] The Olympics franchise did not last beyond nine games into their 1872 schedule, and Beals was able to join the Blue Stockings the next season as a second baseman/catcher. He had the best season of his career, hitting .272 with a career-high 24 RBI on 46 hits.[2]

In 1874, Beals started playing under his given name with the perennially powerful Red Stockings.[2] As a part-time second baseman/outfielder, he only managed to hit .196.[2] He reprised his part-time role in the Boston outfield the next season but significantly increased his production, hitting .265. After that 1875 season, the National Association became the National League, and Beals was without a job in Major League Baseball for the next four seasons.[1]

Beals reemerged in 1880 with the White Stockings at age 29. He played 13 games for the Chicago club that season, hitting a career-low .152, and hung up his spikes after the season.[1] Beals died, at the age of 65, on October 2, 1915 in San Francisco, California, and he is interred at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.[1]

Tommy Beals
Tommy Beals
Outfielder/Second baseman
Born: August 1850
New York City, United States
Died: October 2, 1915 (aged 65)
San Francisco, California, United States
Batted: Right Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
July 27, 1871, for the Washington Olympics
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1880, for the Chicago White Stockings
MLB statistics
Batting average.243
Runs109
Runs batted in64
Teams
  National Association of Base Ball Players
Union of Morrisania (1867)
  League Player
Washington Olympics (18711873)
Washington Blue Legs (1873)
Boston Red Stockings (18741875)
Chicago White Stockings (1880)

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Tommy Beals' career statistics". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tommy Beals' career statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-03-23.

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1845 to 1868 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the years 1845 to 1868 throughout the world.

1871 Washington Olympics season

The Washington Olympics played their first season in 1871 as a charter member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. They finished fourth in the league with a record of 15-15.

1872 Washington Olympics season

The Washington Olympics played their final season in 1872 as a member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. They finished 10th in the league with a record of 2-7.

1873 Washington Blue Legs season

The Washington Blue Legs played their first and only season in 1873 as a member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. They finished seventh in the league with a record of 8-31. It is uncertain if this team is the same franchise as either the 1872 Washington Nationals or the 1872 Washington Olympics.

1874 Boston Red Stockings season

The 1874 Boston Red Stockings season was the fourth season of the franchise. They won their third consecutive National Association championship.

Managed by Harry Wright, Boston finished with a record of 52–18 to win the pennant by 7.5 games. Pitcher Al Spalding started 69 of the Red Stockings' games and led the NA with 52 wins. Outfielder Cal McVey led the league with 71 runs batted in, and he paced the Boston offense which scored more runs than any other team.

Harry Wright, Al Spalding, first baseman Jim O'Rourke, catcher Deacon White, and shortstop George Wright have all been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1875 Boston Red Stockings season

The 1875 Boston Red Stockings season was the fifth season of the Boston Red Stockings franchise. They won their fourth consecutive National Association championship.

Managed by Harry Wright, Boston finished with a record of 71–8 to win the pennant by 15 games. Pitcher Al Spalding started 62 of the Red Stockings' games and led the NA with 54 wins. Catcher Deacon White (.367), second baseman Ross Barnes (.364), and first baseman Cal McVey (.355) finished 1–2–3 in the league's batting race. McVey paced the circuit with 87 runs batted in, and outfielder Jim O'Rourke had the most home runs, with 6. The Boston offense scored more runs than any other team in the NA. According to the FiveThirtyEight ELO rating system, they are the greatest team of all time. [1]

Harry Wright, Al Spalding, Jim O'Rourke, and shortstop George Wright have all been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

This was the last season of the Association, which dissolved at the end of the year. The Red Stockings club would join the new National League in 1876.

1880 Chicago White Stockings season

The 1880 Chicago White Stockings season was the 9th season of the Chicago White Stockings franchise, the 5th in the National League and the 3rd at Lakefront Park. The White Stockings won the National League championship with a record of 67–17.

1915 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1915 throughout the world.

Atlanta Braves all-time roster

The Atlanta Braves are a National League ballclub (1966–present) previously located in Milwaukee 1953–1965 (Milwaukee Braves) and in Boston 1871–1952. The Boston teams are sometimes called Boston Red Stockings 1871–1876, Boston Red Caps 1876–1882, Boston Beaneaters 1883–1906, Boston Doves 1907–1910, Boston Rustlers 1911, Boston Braves 1912–1935, Boston Bees 1936–1940, Boston Braves 1941–1952. Here is a list of all their players in regular season games beginning 1871.

Bold identifies members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Italics identify players with uniform numbers retired by the team (Atlanta).

Chicago Cubs all-time roster

The Chicago Cubs baseball club is an original member of the National League (1876 to date), established in 1874 or 1870. Here is a list of players who appeared in at least one regular season game beginning 1874.

(Their 1870–1871 players are in Category:Chicago White Stockings players among many others to about 1890.)

Bold identifies members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Italics identify players with uniform numbers retired by the team.

List of 19th-century baseball players

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List of Major League Baseball players (B)

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Union of Morrisania

The Union of Morrisania (founded 17 July 1855, South Bronx, New York, United States) was a baseball team which played in the National Association of Base Ball Players league.

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